Turkey entry requirements

When traveling to Turkey, you must comply with the applicable entry regulations. We keep you informed about the current rules, all the necessary documents for entry, and the latest import regulations.

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Travel documents for Turkey

If you wish to enter Turkey, you will need to present a number of documents to the border officials at the point of entry. These include:

  • Your passport, which will be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Turkey
  • Depending on your nationality and the reason for entry: your valid E-visa (permit printout) or visa
  • The result of a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or the result of an antigen test (not older than 48 hours)
  • Proof of your complete vaccination against COVID-19 or official documentation of recovery from COVID-19 infection (not older than 6 months)
  • Your hotel reservations for your stay in Turkey
  • Your return or onward travel ticket
  • For business travel: invitation letters from companies or organizations

In individual cases, you may also be required to provide proof of sufficient financial resources for your stay and return trip, as well as entry permits for your next travel countries (according to your return or onward travel ticket).

Turkey entry with children

Both airlines and Turkish border officials are concerned about keeping minors safe during their travels. Therefore, if you are traveling with children, we recommend bringing the following documents:

  • A travel consent form signed by both parents or legal guardians
  • The child's travel consent form (child's signature)
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate
  • The child's passport, together with their E-visa
  • Copies of the identity cards or passports of all legal guardians

Requirements for entering Turkey

Your entry permit to Turkey depends on the decision of the border officials in charge, who will judge you according to the following criteria upon your arrival:

  • Are you really entering for the reason for which your E-visa or visa was issued?
  • Does the data from your passport match the data in your E-visa or visa?
  • Could you pose a danger to the country or the Turkish people (e.g., because of mental or physical illness)?
  • Do you plan to leave Turkey again before your E-visa or visa expires?

If officials deem you eligible after reviewing your documents and asking some questions, you will be allowed to cross the border into Turkey.

Travel security and customs in Turkey

Before you even enter the country, you will need to provide the Turkish government with some personal and travel information relevant to security and customs issues. Part of this is the Turkish entry form that you will receive from your airline or travel company.

Entry form for Turkey

International travelers over the age of twelve must fill out the Turkish Entry Form before entering Turkey. In the three-part questionnaire, you must provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Place of residence
  • Passport number
  • Email address
  • Date of entry
  • Telephone number
  • Type of entry (plane, ship, car, etc.)
  • Name of the transport company
  • Date of birth
  • Gender Address of your first accommodation in Turkey
  • Countries you have visited in the past 10 days

After completing the form, you will be sent a permit code ("HES code"), which you must keep carefully. Checking all complete data is done at the latest when you enter Turkey, but usually at check-in.

Vaccinations for Turkey

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Turkey. However, standard vaccinations for children and vaccinations against COVID-19 and hepatitis A and B are recommended.

Insurances for a trip to Turkey

There are no insurances required for entry into Turkey. However, we recommend that you obtain travel health insurance, which will provide you with sufficient protection on-site.

Import regulations for Turkey

The importation of goods into Turkey is strictly regulated. Be sure to follow the applicable import regulations to avoid getting into trouble with Turkish customs authorities.

Permitted import quantities in Turkey

You may take the following quantities of goods across the border into Turkey without declaring them on the customs form:

  • 600 cigarettes
  • 100 cigarillos (max. 3 g/piece)
  • 50 cigars
  • 250 g cigarette tobacco (incl. 200 pieces of cigarette paper)
  • 250 g pipe tobacco (only for travelers over 18 years)
  • 1 liter of drinks with alcohol content over 22 %
  • 1 liter of drinks with alcohol content up to 22 % (only for travelers over 18 years)
  • 1 kg of coffee
  • 1 kg of soluble coffee
  • 1 kg of tea

The import of foreign currency into Turkey is allowed without limit, and the export is allowed up to a total amount of 5,000 USD or equivalent in TRY.

What to declare when entering Turkey

If you want to take the following items to Turkey, you must declare them at customs:

  • Valuable items such as jewelry worth $ 15,000 or more
  • Live animals such as a dog or cat (chip or tattoo, medical certificate, proof, and vaccination certificate with rabies vaccination are mandatory!)

Prohibited goods when traveling to Turkey

You are not allowed to take the following items to Turkey:

  • Weapons, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, radioactive materials
  • Drugs / narcotics
  • Youth-endangering writings and media
  • Unconstitutional writings
  • Rough diamonds
  • Food and feed
  • Counterfeit branded goods